We are in a new home this holiday. Actually, I guess I should say that we’re in an old home that is new to us. Anyway, it has been fun to decorate a new place for Christmas!
One of my favorite holiday decorations is this headboard in our master bedroom. We took two old doors that were no longer needed and made a headboard. Then I strung a few pieces of burlap twine across it and hung several of my keepsake ornaments from my childhood and later years.
My grandmother, Nana, made this angel ornament for me when I was a just little girl, over 45 years ago. Isn’t it unique? The paper angel is nested inside a milkweed pod. Nana gave my sisters and me ornaments every year, and I still have them all. My mother made the cute pine cone elf ornament for me. She has always been creative, too.
The Noel letters were given to me by a very special cousin and his wife. In years past I have hung them from my mantel, but they show up really well here against the old white doors.
One year Nana took building blocks that my Dad played with as a child, and made ornaments from them. This block is over 70 years old.
Mom also made this cute little reindeer from clothes pins. The song book ornament is another from Nana.
Every year I like to showcase some of my most treasured ornaments in a different way, other than hanging them on the Christmas tree. I really love the way this turned out!
Last fall I had made several scarves with a variety of “Pom Pom” style yarns. These yarns are so soft and fun! I had scraps left of several different colors and wondered what to do with them…so…here is what I decided to do!
I crocheted this fun and colorful rug using a large crochet hook and a simple single crochet stitch. The yarn I used was Loops & Threads Pom Pom Fashion Yarn, but any pom pom yarn will do.
Just start with a chain 6-8 inches long for the center base, then crochet all the way around with single crochet stitches. All you have to do is increase stitches occasionally when going around on the ends so that it will lay flat. Just crochet 2 stitches into the same stitch as needed as you make your way around the curves.
I chose to do a few rounds of each color at a time, but you could do this however you wish… just use your imagination and crochet away! Fun and Easy!
I wish I would have had more scraps left so that I could have made it bigger.
Love the way it turned out!
Got way more stuff than places to store it?
The back-of-the-door-organizer could be your answer! You can find them at a store like Bed, Bath and Beyond and they attach to most any size door. Here are 3 ways that I use them:
1. If you have a pantry door in your kitchen, use one here to keep spices, straws, plastic ware and lots more at your finger tips. The pockets work great for holding drink, soup and dressing packets that don’t stack easily on a shelf.
2. They also work great for storing craft supplies. Tuck in your yarn, patterns, crochet hooks, knitting needles, stamps, ink pad, ribbons, etc. You’d be surprised how much stuff these babies can hold!
3. My husband likes to “roll” his clothes, which is actually a pretty neat idea. So we have one on the inside of his closet door. This organizer can hold 36+ t-shirts – way more than he really needs! You can also store socks, too.
I like these door organizers so much that I can’t stop at 3 uses! I also have one the back of the door that leads into the basement – it’s the perfect place to store flash lights, extension cords, electrical adaptors, light bulbs, etc.
One more idea: if you go on a cruise, throw one in your luggage. In a small cabin, it provides handy storage for all your toiletries and miscellaneous items.
Please let us know if you have other great uses for these organizers.
If members of your family have special wool socks like we do, you know that it is best to wash them separately in a special detergent and lay flat to dry. Sometimes it’s hard to find enough space to dry lots of socks, so I use a storage crate.
Drape the socks through the slots and sit near a heat vent and you are done!
Do you have any cool uses for storage crates?